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June 15, 2009 – It was a pleasure to look at the Greenpeace website today

(See “Blogs I Follow”). It struck me as very logical in its presentation, with easy access to writings about a host of environmental issues. As a matter of interest, their brief explanation of the why’s and wherefore’s of geothermal (see my post, June 2) makes for informative reading.

So does their article “The Nuclear Fallacy.” I sure didn’t know this: if all fossil fuel applications were replaced by nuclear energy, the world would run out of uranium in four years!!! Like the man said, it’s the things you don’t know that will kill you. While there is no one advocating such a wholesale transition to nuclear power, the

relatively small amounts of uranium available for energy generation make its use cost prohibitive. Why on earth spend billions of dollars on nuclear power plants when the limited supply of uranium will turn them into white elephants, possibly before their normal lifespan of 50 years? Since we all know that no one wants to store the waste, and even fewer people – if that’s possible! – want the waste shipped through their town, the spent fuel rods would be stored at the site of the power plant. The landscape would be dotted with radioactive hotspots from coast to coast.


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